The Hundredfold Farm Cohousing Community
Hundredfold Farm Project is a grass-roots effort to establish within
Adams County, Pennsylvania, a small rural cohousing community. The
Hundredfold Farm Project is looking to create, on existing agricultural
land, a small multi-generational intentional community of individuals
who will actively practice and share the art of living in a sustainable
It is our intent that Hundredfold Farm be the wellspring from which
we can replenish ourselves, our community, our land, and the community-at-large.
This intent will manifest itself in the following ways:
- We will strive to cultivate and nurture relationships among ourselves,
both children and adults. By sharing the responsibility for caring
for each other we hope to be able to function together in a rich,
supportive manner. With increased feelings of trust and mutual regard
we hope that everyone will flourish, regardless of their various
life stages. The experience of community will help to dispel the
loneliness which pervades our individualistic society.
- We will strive to have equal ownership of common land in order
to avoid hierarchical privilege. By owning the common land jointly
and managing it in a sustainable fashion we will preserve it for
agricultural use by our descendants for at least seven generations.
- We will strive to create a cohesive community on a humane scale
by arranging the houses and a common house to encourage and facilitate
resident interaction. This will help to conserve open space since
one of our goals is restoration, preservation and stewardship of
the land. The site design will need to include consideration of
wind and solar access, view preservation, as well as individuals’
need for privacy.
- We will strive to encourage a multi-generational community open
to everyone, regardless of age, income, ethnicity, sexuality, and
- We will strive to live in a sustainable way by encouraging environmentally
sound decisions. Some possibilities include the use of energy efficient
clustered housing, using "earth-friendly" septic system
designs, recycling and composting, encouraging the use of alternative
energy sources such as wind and solar power, and promoting car pooling
and shared vehicle ownership whenever possible.
- We will strive to sustain ourselves by producing as much of our
own wholesome and healthy food as possible. Organic / Biointensive
/ Sustainable farm practices will enable us to avoid the use of
harsh and harmful chemicals. Ultimately, the farm may provide a
source of wholesome food for the community-at-large. Initially the
farm can provide a significant amount of produce for community members.
- We will strive to create a community in which all members take
an interest in each other, and the activities of our children. The
children, in turn will have the opportunity to learn from several
generations of adults. We hope that everyone, children included,
will feel comfortable visiting the homes of all members of the community.
We also hope to encourage a measure of autonomy among children,
especially the teenagers. There are many possible scenarios, such
as taking care of hurt or unwanted animals, operating part of the
community garden and even possibly creating income generating activities
connected to the garden.
- We will strive to choose a life style which supports the community-at-large.
By choosing a lifestyle which supports a bioregional approach (buying
locally and using products native to our area) we will encourage
local businesses. By developing a small organic gardening enterprise
based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, and even
possibly other cottage industries, we will establish intentional
links with the community-at-large. We also envision opening our
community to the community-at-large by perhaps creating a common
soccer field, by hosting meetings or weekend workshops and/or, by
sponsoring lectures and festivals.
- We will strive to use the consensus model for all community decisions.
- We will strive to share our lives with each other in many ways.
Voluntary community meals will allow us occasions for friendly relationships
as well as practicing a cooperative approach to daily life. Sharing
our "life skills" from musical talent to story-telling
to carpentry will help to create a rich community life. Voluntarily
sharing the "things" we own such as tools and lawn mowers,
will help us to save valuable resources which can then be used in
more creative ways.
- We will strive to enrich our lives, and those of our friends,
by creating and sharing our own homegrown rituals and celebrations,
both impromptu and planned.